Instructable First timer - I always was impressed with the engineering of the Playmate cooler and how its put together so I decided to add a great addition - A working car stereo and speakers, all of which still allow the cooler to function

Parts list
12v car stereo with mp3 input -Dual brand is cheap on Amazon 45 bucks
RV overhead stereo mount plate - amazon 14 bucks
surface mount speakers - Jenson or Pioneer or other made for car to be rugged
12v 7amp hr gell cell batteries - any surplus site or emergency lighting distributor -20 bucks or so ea
junction box 2x1x2 -electrical supply house or telephone jack housing
rubber antenna - auto part store
wire 18 awg assorted colors
2 inch plastic pipe u clamps for emt - Home depot .50 ea
2 drawer pulls or computer rack handles and spacers made from scrap pipe
toggle switch or rocker switch
dc power jack - any easy combo
12v lead acid battery charger or trickle charger - found at radio shack
2 feet wire loom tubing 1/2 inch diameter - radio shack or auto parts store

Step 1: construction

first remove plugs on side of cooler - they pop out to reveal the Phillips screws that hold the tilting cover on, once these screws are removed then set aside.

cooler top then is easily removed - grab a empty beer case to use as a temporary stand

next step is mount any quality pair of speakers to side using counter sunk hardware if possible to not cause interference when opening and closing - (depending on speakers chosen, using predrilled wood screws would do) see pic for location and far forward the front the better to leave enough room for the Batteries

<p>how long will the battery charge last on this?</p>
<p>Hi there- the gell cells are 7 amp/hr each so after a 4hr charge or so the radio should last 14hrs at good volume, the batteries I got for free because they were old but so far I have left it on outside all day a few times and seems to never run out..if I had money I would get the lithium ion pack on amazon thats 14 amp/hr and weighs only 1.5lb @$80.00 </p>

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